"How does South restaurant and bar on Demonbreun represent The South?" Fox asks. Well, she notes, if you stand on the patio, you'll see Nashville's booming downtown and the Gulch, "construction cranes nodding and bowing at every depth of field, lifting more steel and concrete onto the gleaming skyline of the New South." She adds:
Yet step inside South and the view is more retrospective, with murals of dead generals and hoop-skirted Southern belles dominating the pubby decor. There are few establishments outside of Belle Meade Country Club where one can sup under the rueful gaze of the late Robert E. Lee, so the general's floating head sparked an interesting debate at our table. It went something like this: At a time when the South is arguably more dynamic, inclusive and innovative than at any time in history, a time when people are moving here and visiting in record numbers, what does the cartoon antebellum imagery of a restaurant called "South" convey about Southerners? If we brought our Yankee friends to dine on eggs named for Confederate generals, what would they think? Would they think we're all sipping Mason jars of sweet tea and reminiscing about plantation days?
Of course, they might reserve such Reconstruction deconstruction for another venue, since arguably, it's a heavier topic than a cheerful and well-executed menu of pimiento cheese, deviled eggs and Jefferson Davis chicken salad (with pickled grapes and candied pecans) demands. It's enough to make you set down your Jackson burger (on Provence bun with bacon and pimento cheese) and ask how we got into this navel-gazing in the first place. After all, we were just looking for Yazoo on draft, bottomless mimosas and $3 Thursday appetizers, not a history lesson.
Fox has special praise for two particularly Southern specialties at the restaurant: hospitality (in the form of friendly service) and fried food. "Whoever's in charge of the fryer has got the Midas touch," she says.
And now to you, Bites Nation. Let me lob this one your way. Anybody been to South? Bourbon French toast sounds delicious (and noncontroversial). Jefferson Davis chicken salad? Discuss.
Ironically, buttoned-up Utah was the state that tipped the balance on the 21st Amendment by voting for ratification and putting it over the required three-quarters majority to repeal the 18th Amendment. There's a fascinating infographic here that shows how far we have and haven't come since 1933 and how attitudes have changed over the years. I was unaware that there were only 10 other states that share our "no sales on Sunday" law. I would've though it was more widespread than that, but maybe that will be addressed as part of the grocery store wine sales debate next year.
So how should you celebrate Repeal Day? The official website makes it easy:
There are no outfits to buy, costumes to rent, rivers to dye green. Simply celebrate the day by stopping by your local bar, tavern, saloon, winery, distillery, or brewhouse and having a drink. Pick up a six-pack on your way home from work. Split a bottle of wine with a loved one. Buy a shot for a stranger. Just do it because you can.
That sounds like something I can handle. Cheers!
Most of the favorites from those early days — including my favorite, the deviled eggs with pickled okra — remain on the menu, with some solid updates for the change in season and due to customer demand. Alongside the deviled eggs and pimento cheese appetizers is the new BBQ Nachos, made with "house-made corn tortillas topped with locally sourced, pulled pork BBQ, jalapeño gouda cheese, pico, sour cream, and BBQ sauce." The nachos come in small and large sizes for varying appetites and group sizes. You can also find that barbecue pork on the BBQ pizza.
Nuvo Burrito, the locally owned burrito outfit that had been operating on that site, decided to leave and sublet it to Hattie B's, according to Sean Perry, who co-owns Nuvo Burrito with Tom Justice. "We think it will work better for them to have the space," Perry says.
Hattie B's, whose original location is at 112 19th Ave S. and is owned by Nick Bishop Jr. and his dad, Nick Sr., expects to open the new Charlotte restaurant sometime this spring.
Meanwhile, Nuvo Burrito plans to close its original location in Five Points just before Christmas. "The lease is up, and we're opting not to renew," Perry said. Presumably the rent at the high-profile location at 1000 Main St. played a factor. However, those closures are not the end of Nuvo Burrito.
Nuvo Burrito on Peabody currently serves lunch only, but Perry says they'll add breakfast burritos in the morning and extend their hours into dinner, as well.
Perry also notes that Nuvo Burrito has already added delivery in the downtown area through Rush Bicycle Messengers, for a $5 fee.
Nuvo Burrito at 1000 Main St. is scheduled to close for good Dec. 23. Nuvo Burrito at 319 Peabody St. remains open and is expected to extend hours in January.
This Tuesday, Dec. 10, they are teaming up with Lipman Brothers to present a “Taste of Sardinia” event, where attendees will taste five Sardinian wines for $20. Sardinia (the restaurant) has a wine list of more than 200 varieties, so it’s a good bet they’ve got some good wines from Sardinia (the island.)
For just $20, patrons will be able to nosh on popular appetizers from Sardinia’s menu, as well as tastings of Vermentino Costamolino, Nuragus Selegas, Rose Serra Lori, Cannonau Costera and Korem from Italy’s Argiolas winery. Advance reservations are recommended, so contact the restaurant at (615) 320-9147 for more information.
On Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Sardinia takes it up a notch with a full-on dinner featuring the wine and food of Piedmont, arguably Italy’s greatest food and wine region. I mean, heck, Piedmont is the home of Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and they invented Nutella! The region is also acknowledged as one of the first areas to embrace the Slow Food movement. The dinner is $50 plus tax and gratuity, and includes a four-course dinner and three wine pairings. Here’s the planned menu:
Choice of polenta, cornmeal bread with robiola cheese, mushrooms and truffle oil or
baby lamb meatballs with swiss chard
Choice of pumpkin ravioli with butter, sage and black truffle or
risotto al Barolo, risotto with Barolo wine reduction and asparagus
Choice of scaloppine ravioli, veal medallions with artichokes and sage or
pork ossobuco with pesto couscous
Torta di nocciole, walnut cake
If there's a more luxurious sandwich than the lobster roll, I'm not sure what it is. The Wild & Local version is more Connecticut-style than Maine, meaning filled with straight lobster meat without a heaping helping of mayo. It comes on a hoagie bun with a light slaw underneath.
For a $10 sandwich, I have to say that they didn't skimp on the lobster — it was piled on the bun and quite tasty. The one thing I would have changed is the bread. I miss the traditional roll: a split-top bun, browned on a flat top, and the hoagie bun was just not a substitute.
They had samples of a duck confit caesar salad, which was pretty interesting. I want to go back and see how it plays out as a whole dish, but the bite I had suggests substituting duck for chicken works just fine. There was a prime rib sandwich on Monday's menu, too.
All in all, it's a promising start for Wild & Local. And if they're gonna do lobster rolls on a regular basis, I will be a very good customer.
Community Food Advocates aims to reduce hunger in our area in a number of ways, such as food sustainability programs, temporary food assistance and outreach programs. If you’d like to know more, this Thursday, Dec. 5, Community Food Advocates will host an open house at their offices in East Nashville. They’ve invited some friends to come make it a festive occasion, too. There will be hot chicken from Hattie B’s, raw and vegan treats from My Poor Tired Liver and tasty beverages from Fat Bottom Brewing. In other words, a little something for everyone.
The event is free to attend, but be sure to bring a nonperishable item or two to stock the pantry and some money to browse gifts they’ll have for sale. In addition to food and drinks, there will be door prizes as well. Keep up with the latest information on the Facebook event page.
Community Food Advocates Open House
with Hattie B’s, My Poor Tired Liver, and Fat Bottom Brewing
604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211
Thursday, Dec. 5
We worked our way toward the fellowship hall in a chatty string of young and old until the air smelled earthy and sweet with maple syrup hitting hot waffles. Tables had been covered in Christmas colors and dressed up with tapers transforming the space into a cozy cafeteria.
Volunteers and church members have been seating guests at these communal-style tables long before communal tables in restaurants were cool. So I had no trouble finding a new friend to talk with over waffles, grits, turkey hash and spiced tea.
This year marks the 88th annual Waffle Shop at Downtown Presbyterian. The tradition started as a fundraiser in 1925 for the Presbyterian Women’s Group back when Nashvillians did most of their Christmas shopping downtown. These days, a congregation of just about 100, plus volunteers, helps keep the community event lively by feeding 700 to 800 people each year using the same secret waffle recipe from the year it began. They’ll go through about 34 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of sausage and about five industrial-sized pots of turkey hash.
From our friends at the Metro Health Department, here are your November inspections. That's 33 passing grades and zero failures:
718 Thompson Lane
Date Inspected: 11/21/2013
3196 Dickerson Road
Date Inspected: 11/5/2013
2826 Bransford Ave.
Date Inspected: 11/11/2013
All that eclectic brain power is on display at Pinewood Social, the team’s newest project, which is scheduled to open tomorrow morning (Dec. 4). When you first hear this is a spot in the historic Trolley Barns that is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night, has a bowling alley, free WiFi, private karaoke rooms, a copper-topped bar, and, yes, an outdoor swimming pool come spring, you might think, “That’s too many different things that don’t go together.”
Add to that, an awesome paint can mural from the Isle of Printing (the same said paint cans are used to bring you your check). There’s not just bowling, but six restored wooden bowling lanes from a Bowl-O-Rama in Indiana. They don’t just put ice in your cocktail. There’s a “geeky ice program,” as Max proudly calls it, where the staff hand chisels individual servings for each tasty cocktail. You won’t just order a cup of coffee. You’ll belly up to the coffee bar, which is an extension of Pinewood’s neighbor, local coffee shop Crema.
But based on the friends-and-family preview yesterday, all these things work in Strategic Hospitality-style, which is to say they make odd sense together. Pinewood Social has the vibe of a modern Wisconsin Supper Club: a place that somehow seems both new and familiar.
Friends-and-family nights aren’t the time to review food or service; kinks are still being worked out. But yesterday’s preview of the lunch and dinner menus, created by former Catbird Seat chef Josh Habiger, offered a number of dishes worth trying again. The fried broccoli appetizer with almond garlic appetizer, a cold cauliflower salad, a mushroom pot pie and the pork chop were all hits. A number of dishes, including pot roast and fried chicken, can be ordered in large portions for your whole ragtag bowling team. The cocktail menu has a cross-section of classics and proprietary concoctions; I particularly liked the District 9 (Old Overholt Rye, Maurin Quina, St. George Absinthe, lemon and orange).
Pinewood Social is at 33 Peabody St. (in the historic Trolley Barns south of downtown on Rolling Mill Hill). Doors are expected to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.
After that, hours will be 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations accepted, and valet or off-street parking is available. 615-751-8111, pinewoodsocial.com
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